I’m stoked to pour this one, but going to wait until I can share it with some folks. I’ve yet to have anything from The Bruery that wasn’t great.
I was doing pretty good on eating semi-decently over the holidays so far. Christmas Day…not so much. Need a food vacation to recover from today.
Visiting a grocery store in Utah and realized I had no idea how important corn dogs are to the world.
At least they give you options.
Photo taken at: Once Over Coffee Bar
Another year is here! We’re at the 2016 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference in lovely Tampa, Florida. As in past years, there is a liveblogging sessions where a number of breweries each get five minutes to tell us why their beer is the best thing since sliced bread.
We’ll get started this afternoon at about Saturday, July 9, 2016 5:00 pm EDT. Join Derek Springer and I try to keep up with 10 breweries pouring 10 beers for us to write about live within one hour.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Guinness is the name of the game in Dublin. The drink of the Republic is everywhere. We visited the Guinness
When deciding where to go in Dublin, I really wanted to see the famous St. James Gate Brewery. And I did.
That’s the sum of the view of the brewery from the Storehouse, the public half-amusement park, half-immersive-ad experience. I’ve never been to a macrobrewery and the scale they must operate in blows my mind, but it makes sense that for all of the people that visit, they can’t really provide any meaningful access that wouldn’t impact production.
This is a Guinness Disneyland. Fully-immersive exhibits with every sight, sound, and smell perfectly crafted to fill your mind with nothing else beyond how incredibly specific and particular they are to make Guinness the best beer on the planet.
They have an exhibit where you smell vapors of the different elements of beer, followed by a tasting session.
Two things made me laugh while at the Storehouse. First, the coffee shop. Second, I could order a Budweiser.
The Storehouse is one of the taller buildings in that part of Dublin—huge—on one floor, they had a workshop on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. I must confess that I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Of course, there’s plenty of drink there. They have a few different varieties and I ended up alone for a few minutes. I found my way to a bar inside that sold flights and eventually most of the meetup it seemed found me.
A friend and coworker, Ryan, shot some beautiful pictures while there as well.
Craft beer hasn’t escaped Dublin either. Galway Bay Brewery operates eleven different bars and brewpubs, of which we visited two. Their beers were pretty delicious and ran the entire range of styles. When you visit Dublin, you must try them.
Personally, I really enjoyed The Beer Market, a block down from Christchurch, that had good pub grub, Galway Bay Beers, and a fine selection of other beers too.
The Porterhouse, another brewery that also owns a few bars—is the only real way craft breweries found success in Dublin is by owner the establishments that serve?—had a great lineup and was another fun place to try beers.
While Dublin is a Guinness town, the brews from Galway Bay, The Porterhouse, and others available in Dublin were quite tasty.
Of course, there is more to Irish alcohol than beer. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but visited the Irish Whiskey Museum. It’s independent—not affiliated with any distillery—and presented a great historical tour of Irish whiskey, a fine selection during tasting, and we added on a very fun whiskey mixing class.
I fell in love with Dublin, even if only there for nine days, between the people, the culture, the sights, the walkability, the drinks, the churches. I look forward to creating a reason to go back.
While I don’t travel that often for work, I still travel a good amount. I scaled back and I’ve only flown to or have air travel booked to Belize, Ireland, Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, and Canada for 2016 between business and pleasure. Here’s the first of an occasional series of tips and tricks I’ve picked up.
I use Grab when grabbing a quick bite in the airport. The Grab Airport Mobile Ordering app is straight forward—order from eateries in the airport via your phone, get notified when your food is ready, then pick up. An app version of the ole “pick up order” in a market that hasn’t seen improvement in awhile.
Even in airports that they do not offer mobile ordering or particular places within an airport that doesn’t support it, their app still lists the various places and what gate. I travel a fair amount and typically not to a place more than once, so trying to figure out what’s available at an airport is a pain.
Austin was one of the first two airports with mobile ordering options, so I gave it a spin. Again, pretty straight forward. The only hiccup I’ve had is working with restaurant partners to be a bit more clear that a single order equals two tacos at the particular place I ate at. 🌮🌮
Order on the phone, confirm it, get a notification of the ready-by time, get a notification that the order is ready for pickup. Additionally, there is an option to order ahead of time and “hold” the order until you’re at the airport and confirm it.
Personally, since I’m Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check and know my security time will be short, I order right before heading into security, then head straight to the restaurant to pick up my food. Once, I had to wait a minute or two for the food to be ready, but otherwise, it’s a straight shot so I can spend more time working, reading, strolling through the airport and less time standing in a line hungry.
Use my invite code, AA6B98D6, when signing up, and we’ll both get some credit.